CROCKED Kyogo Furuhashi put in a good shift at Parkhead last night – without kicking a ball.

The seven-goal striker, who has been out since receiving a knee injury playing for Japan in a World Cup-tie against China at the start of the month, greeted every single player and backroom staff member before the 3-0 Premier Sports League Cup quarter-final win over Raith Rovers.

Kyogo, who arrived in a £4.5million move in the summer, took up a position beside the home dug-out as his team-mates prepared for the match.

Ange Postecoglou put his squad through their paces in the warm-up and then they headed for the tunnel to receive final instructions before the tricky confrontation with the Championship side who had knocked out Livingston ad Aberdeen to reach this stage.

DOWN AND OUT…Kyogo Furuhashi examines his injured knee while on duty with Japan.

The sidelined frontman fist-bumped every member of the pool as they past him on their way to the dressing room.

It was a touch of class which was obviously appreciated by his colleagues who made no mistake in the game to win through to a semi-final meeting with holders St Johnstone at Hampden in November.

The international forward has already missed four games and is also likely to sit out the Premiership clash with Dundee United on Sunday and the Europa League Group B encounter with Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

A more likely return date is the match against Scott Brown and Aberdeen at Pittodrie a week on Sunday.

Furuhashi is already undergoing light running during training sessions at Lennoxtown as he eases himself back to full fitness.


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